But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 23:08

Gardens grow at night

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 19 November 2017 23:00

Can secular leftist men find any value in women apart from sex?

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So, lately we have had a lot of scandals in the media where secular leftist men have been accused of raping, sexually assaulting, and sexually harassing women. I have been getting increasingly concerned about how radical...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:48

Loving Well in Stories of Memory Loss

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“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Isa. 49:15-16

Heavenly Father, an increasing number of my friends find themselves in the...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:40

Saving Faith Produces Victorious Living

Yesterday I had the privilege to preach the passage found in 1 John 5:1-5 in our ongoing series titled “KNOW.”  John is passionate about leading people to find assurance of their faith in Christ.  However, in doing so, he is likewise committed to pointing out the insufficient...

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Written by Josh Buice
Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:20

The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How and When was the New Testament Canon Put Together?

For the last few weeks, I have been posting a series of videos where Andreas Köstenberger and I discuss our response to Walter Bauer’s thesis on heresy and orthodoxy in early Christianity.

These discussions are based on our book, The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture’s...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:19

Living By Grace (Bridges)

 Martin Lloyd-Jones once famously said that the loud and clear preaching of salvation by grace alone will lead to a misunderstanding.  The misunderstanding is this: if we are saved by grace alone, then it doesn’t matter how we live.  Jerry Bridges comments on this topic:

That...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:00

“This Is My Body”: Literal or Figurative?

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Why dost thou prepare thy teeth and belly? Believe, and thou hast eaten.” (Augustine, Tractate 25).

Daniel Featley,Transubstantiation Exploded pp. 154-189.

That the words of the institution, “This is my Body,” are to be taken in a tropical [from trope. Figurative;...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:00

Establish a family altar.

If you want “godly offspring,” it is essential that you make the time to establish a family altar. Build it out of the unmovable rocks of resolution. You will need to be resolute about this because it will be a battle. Your flesh will fight it, and you can be sure there will be a...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 19 November 2017 21:30

Andrew Loke on "A Novel Cosmological Argument"

imageIn 2017, Palgrave Macmillan published God and Ultimate Origins: A Novel Cosmological Argumentin the Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion series by Andrew Ter Ern Loke. Loke is Research Assistant Professor in Faith and Global Engagement at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of The...

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Written by EPS Blog
Sunday, 19 November 2017 21:02

Luther's Lion-Hearted Historians (Aaron Denlinger)

Luther expressed his appreciation for history and historians on numerous occasions. History, he believed, provides fodder for both fear and praise since God is sovereign over the course of human events. History records and reminds us how God "upholds, rules, obstructs, prospers, punishes, and...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Sunday, 19 November 2017 21:00

The Calling

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The safest place to be is at the center of God’s calling, no matter how difficult or dangerous. The most dangerous place to be? Anywhere else. When God calls a man to a vocation, God is not primarily concerned with the things the man himself was concerned about before receiving that...

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Written by Gunner
Sunday, 19 November 2017 21:00

Is There an Evangelical Bias in Translation (Mark 5:23) – Mondays with Mounce 303

Sometimes we translators are accused of having an evangelical bias, of altering the translation of a passage to make the New Testament not contradict itself, or artificially conforming a New Testament citation to its Old Testament source.

It is an interesting charge, and is somewhat based on the...

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Written by Bill Mounce
Sunday, 19 November 2017 20:30

Reflections on Confession

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Over the last three weeks I’ve met with several groups of men for breakfast and Bible study. Our focus was directed to prayers of confession in the Old Testament. We looked at Psalm 51, Daniel 9, and Nehemiah 9. Each week we tried to make sense of the context as well as the actual prayer of...

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Written by Landon Coleman
Sunday, 19 November 2017 20:29

Anger in the First Degree

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Murders come in all kinds of ways. They come through violence. They come through domestic squabbles. They come through gang warfares. The history of the world is unfortunately littered with records of murder. In fact, murders are so commonplace that they don’t always make the news cycle...

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Written by Pursuing the Pursuer - Blog
Sunday, 19 November 2017 20:00

9 Passages to Read on Gratitude

November 20, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

1. Psalm 95:1-7

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:48

Vlog: What’s a Reader’s Bible All About?

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I wonder if you’ve noticed that over the past few years, our Bibles have gotten a little bit cluttered. Open your Bible and may notice it’s full of notes and footnotes and cross-references and other features. Each of these features is great, yet each one can also detract from the...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:25

A La Carte (November 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include an unusually modest number of books. As I said last week, I expect things will pick up a lot on Friday and next Monday as we get to holiday sales.

Board game lovers may want to check out Amazon’s deals of the day.

Church Members Must Keep an Eye on Their Elders...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:00

Christmas Is Coming to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum

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With Thanksgiving this week, it will feel like Christmas is right around the corner. We’re excited to celebrate the Christmas season here at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky. At both attractions, our talented grounds teams are hard at work turning the properties...

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Written by Ken Ham
Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:00

10 Ways to Share the Gospel During the Holidays

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What's your favorite way to share the gospel during the holidays?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:00

100 Things I'm Thankful for: #1-#33

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Thanksgiving is upon us, so I thought that I would spend this week writing about things insightful for. In fact, I thought I would make a list of 100 things and divide it up between my three posts this week. I know that I don’t always take the time to be thankful like I really should, but it...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:00

Book Review: Awaiting the King by James K. A. Smith

By Jeff Bilbro

Awaiting the King, Jamie Smith’s third and final volume in his Cultural Liturgies series, is a provocative and hopeful call for Christians to participate boldly in the messy meantime of thesaeculum, confident that our King is on the way. As someone who nods my head regularly...

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Written by Guest Writer
Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:00

The Problem of Evil (Video)

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Greg discusses a road block that often stands in the way of belief in Christianity.

 

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Written by Greg Koukl
Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:00

A Lousy Pray-er

I'm sure you've been there. In a group or with a friend. "Will you pray for me?" they ask and then give you a reason, a crisis, a decision, something that they need prayer for. All well and good ... the kind of thing we're supposed to do. It's just that ... well ... I'm a lousy pray-er.Oh, it's not...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:00

Fear of God Devotional: What Are the Blessings of Repentance?

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What are the blessings of repentance?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that fellowship and communion with God is restored when we repent of our sins. As Christians, we are in an undissolvable union with God, but communion with God can be broken when we give into and embrace sin.

If we do not break...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:00

Has Belief in God Harmed the Advancement of Science?

Atheists Claim That Belief in God Has Harmed the Advancement of Science

The position of classical atheism, and especially as argued by Dawkins, is that science has disproved God. Anybody who insists on clinging to belief in God is a superstitious reactionary, a religious fundamentalist who is in...

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Written by Guest
Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:00

If the Lord Marks Iniquity, Who Should Stand?

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The Psalmist asked the question: "If the Lord marks iniquity, who should stand?" This query is obviously rhetorical. The only answer, indeed the obvious answer is no one.

The question is stated in a conditional form. It merely considers the dire consequences that follow if the Lord marks iniquity....

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:41

House Rules . . . again

It’s been a while since I last reminded readers of the “house rules” on this blog site.  And also there are many new readers who may not have known to read them here.  The first rule is that we identify ourselves with our real names.  You know who I am, and common...

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Written by larryhurtado
Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:01

Asleep at the Wheel? Is God Really in Control? Featured

On 14 February 2016 there was a car accident. Actually, there were thousands of car accidents, but only one made international news, had millions of people reading about it, newscasters commenting on it, and even politicians making statements about it.

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:00

The Worst Sermon

November 20, 2017
I was away from home on a Sunday. We decided to go to a friend’s church we had attended before. I won’t name the church and details have been altered to stave off embarrassment… The atmosphere was a mixture of comfort and “we mean...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:00

What Do I Do If My Job Is a Bad Fit?

I received a note from an old college friend in response to my recent article on finding our purpose. He had this to say:

I have spent many years in this field. I love the basics of what my job entails. I love my customers and they demonstrate love...

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Written by Russell Gehrlein
Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:00

Receiving a Spirit of Generosity This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving week! We hope you are able to enjoy the holiday and give thanks to God for all that he has done and continues to do in your life.

When someone gives us a gift that we weren’t expecting, our usual response is that of gratitude (or “thanksgiving”). A typical...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:00

What Does Christianity Say About the Nature of God? Two Important Truths

imageThe first year I decided to take a group of students to Utah to share the Gospel with Mormons, a parent of one of the students asked me why I would take such a trip: “Why would you want to strip someone of their faith in God and Jesus?” This question came at a pivotal time for me as a...

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Written by jwallace
Sunday, 19 November 2017 16:03

A. T. Robertson and Preaching

Wally Morris

I grew up going to Southern Baptist churches. The church I went to for most of my childhood and teenage years was established in 1937. I have distinct, good memories of that church and its people. The red brick church with its white columns and large, brick steps, located in coastal...

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Written by Wally Morris
Sunday, 19 November 2017 16:00

The Incredible Museum of the Bible, Now Open in Washington, D.C.

Last month when Nanci and I were in Washington, D.C., we had the opportunity to preview the 430,000 square foot Museum of the Bible, which officially opened to the public this past weekend. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s absolutely incredible. All of us who were there kept looking...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Sunday, 19 November 2017 16:00

Our Hiding Place

“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5)

There are times in the life of each believer when the trials become overwhelming and the whole world seems to be falling apart....

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 19 November 2017 16:00

John MacArthur on Giving Thanks Featured

Later this week, most of us here in the U.S. will gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. While the world’s view of the holiday is bound up in food, football, and Black Friday savings, believers ought to know better. Certainly we can enjoy those aspects of the day as well,...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 19 November 2017 15:00

What’s the best way to learn counseling?

Here are the next two videos from my course on Biblical counseling. You can find the previous videos here.

What’s the best way to learn counseling?

How do you counsel yourself?

Authors: David Murray...

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Written by David Murray
Sunday, 19 November 2017 15:00

What A Beautiful Name

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Reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to my son again last week, I was struck once more by the glorious moment when the children first hear the name "Aslan." My son, who has read the book once before, had asked me in chapter three when the Lion would come into the story, so by the time we...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Sunday, 19 November 2017 15:00

Elasticity

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According to the natural law tradition, one of the conditions of a true law is that it be promulgated or made known.  There is no such thing as a secret law.  However, there are many ways in which a so-called law may fall short of being authentically promulgated.  The most...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 19 November 2017 14:15

The 'Religious People' Boogeyman

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There is something I've heard time and time again from the leaders of attractional churches that I find really distressing, in some cases perhaps indicative of something bordering on the spiritually abusive. It is certainly divisive. It is so common a rhetorical practice among the preachers and...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 19 November 2017 14:05

November 20: Presbyterians by the Boatload

Waves of Presbyterians Arrive in America by Rev. David T. Myers

An early American journal called the Pennsylvania Gazette put it succinctly for wave after wave of Scot-Irish from Ulster, Ireland to our shores. Published on this day, November 20, 1729, it stated, “Poverty, Wretchedness, Misery,...

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Written by archivist
Sunday, 19 November 2017 14:05

God Can't Save My Child

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The bumbling toddler that used to cling to your leg has become a teen who would rather text than speak to you. What happened? Where did your once over-talkative little girl go? What has this lanky boy who grunts with downturned eyes during conversation done with my son!

Maybe your scenario is...

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Written by Kole Farney
Sunday, 19 November 2017 14:00

Check out

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Blogs

The Heart of John Owen’s Hedonism John Piper makes the case for John Owen being a Christian Hedonist.

Don’t Be Dumb with Your Smartphone Meet the iPhone’s nemesis, Tony Reinke.

Eight Dangers of Pursuing Applause “As I read Brown’s counsel I not only try to apply it to...

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Written by David Murray
Sunday, 19 November 2017 14:00

Links For The Church

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A Heart for Orphans

Kelly Rosati shares what God feels for orphans, and shares her personal experience with bringing the fatherless nearby. 

Manna for Mamas

"We do not get to be gods over even our communion with him. He provides. He decides. He gives us just enough and no more. He will rain manna...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 19 November 2017 14:00

An AI Bot Granted Residency in Tokyo Teaches Us About Our Creator

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Shibuya Mirai is an AI chatbot designed to interact as a seven-year-old boy. Mirai was granted residency status in Tokyo, marking another milestone in the journey to the development of consciousness in machines. Cognitive scientists Dehaene, Lau, and Kouider suggest that “consciousness arises...

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Written by Christopher Cone